Can the White House exploit Tea Party successes by making them a sign that the Republican Party is being taken over by extremists?
Only if the majority isn't being overtaken by extremists.
“We need to get out the message that it’s now really dangerous to re-empower the Republican Party,” said one Democratic strategist who has spoken with White House advisers but requested anonymity to discuss private strategy talks.
Democrats are divided. The party’s House and Senate campaign committees are resistant, not wanting to do anything that smacks of nationalizing the midterm elections when high unemployment and the drop in Mr. Obama’s popularity have made the climate so hostile to Democrats. Endangered Congressional candidates want any available money to go to their localized campaigns.
Message to House and Senate Democrats. The Repubs have already nationalized the election, down to Arkansas quorum courts.